Meet Sue McGarvie
Sue’s professional training is in psychology and reproductive medicine, and she has been a registered Sex Therapist since 1993. She has degrees from Carleton University in Psychology and Education, Laurentian University in Sexuality and Family Life, The Banff Center in New Media, and Ryerson University in Broadcast Technology. Her unique expertise on healthy sexuality and media is sought after Internationally. She is the founder of The Ottawa Sex Therapy Clinic and is a member of The Society of
Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada, The Federation of Medical Women, and The Sex Therapy Council of Canada. She is also the author of two books on sexuality, including the Canadian bestseller Quivering Jello. She was nominated for the Roman’s Canadian Women Entrepreneur for 2002, and is a Top 40 under 40 finalist.
Beginning in 1993, Sue hosted a #1-rated radio call-in show for five years called Sunday Night Sex With Sue with Standard Broadcasting on The Bear CKQB in Ottawa. She currently hosts a show called “Love and Romance” which is syndicated in markets across Canada, including CFRB in Toronto, and CJAD in Montreal. Her new television series called Unzipped that aired on Global in 2005. She is currently in development on her next television project.
In 1999 Sue founded Passion Media, a multimedia company, marketing mainstream relationship information throughout North America. Sue helped take the company public in July of 2002. Sue wrote the applications and lobbied the CRTC for two national digital television licenses which were granted in December 2000 for Passion Television and The Singles Network. Sue has two more licenses pending to the CRTC, and has successfully negotiated a launch window for those applications.
Sue McGarvie has been a named a Woman of Distinction (1997), the I. H. Asper Broadcast Entrepreneur of the Year (1998), Business and Professional Women’s Association Woman of the Year (1994). She also won unprecedented awards as Volunteer of the Year for 2002 for both Wired Women of Canada and Canadian Women in Communications for her work as National Mentorship Chair and Director. Sue is the current CEO of Lovebug Media, is the only multi-media company in North America focused exclusively on the genres of sex, romance and relationship content. Her previous company, The Love and Romance Stores Inc., launched a chain of stores described as the next “Body Shop” by national media.
Sue is a member of The International Alliance for Women, and International Women’s Forum, and has established a national Mentorship Database to promote support and partnership of women entrepreneurs. She is the current co-president of UNIFEM Canada, the women’s branch of the United Nations, and Chaired the working group of The Prime Minister’s Task Force report for Entrepreneurial Women. She was a founding director for the Shirley E. Greenberg Women’s Health Center at The Ottawa Hospital, and has been a corporate director for a few start-ups in her work as a Mentorship advocate.
Sue stays sane and grounded with the help of a supportive husband, two blue-eyed kids, and a sense of humor.